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Lab Safety

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

PPE may be purchased at the bookstore. If purchased elsewhere, it must match the same protection as those chosen for sale at the bookstore. i.e., same length lab coat down legs and long sleeves, same size and design safety glasses and goggles with indirect vents and Z87 impact rating.

Lab Coats

Lab coats must be full length to the knees with long sleeves.  Dental coats or doctors coats do not provide sufficient coverage.  A blend of polyester and cotton is recommended to retain both liquid and flame retardant properties.  100% polyester lab coats shall not be used with flammable or pyrophoric materials.  100% cotton absorbs chemicals more easily and burns hotter in a fire if they do catch fire. 

Safety goggles

Safety goggles with indirect vents are required for use with liquids, as the risk of splash and drip into the eye is present.  Safety goggles should fit the face well to provide a seal.  Safety glasses may be used with dry materials, and are chosen to provide the most coverage.  

Eye Protection Demo


Gloves are not suitable for use with every chemical.  There are many types of glove materials.  Each type is compatible and incompatible with different materials.  Search by chemical for the recommended glove type, and then by the manufacturer for breakthrough time (length of time use) for that glove thickness.

Chemical Inventory

The UHCL Chemical Inventory is compiled within the OnSite Environmental Health & Safety Assistant (EHSA) software.  A chemical inventory is required and serves several functions:

1) To know what materials are present and assess their hazards;
2) A location to store SDS's so that they may be reviewed when looking at chemicals needed for an experiment for hazard planning and first aid purposes;
3) Use for several agency reports throughout the year (e.g., DEA, TCEQ, DSHS); and
4) Allow faculty to share or dispose of items.

EHSA Login

Incident Reporting 

All personal and property incidents or injuries on campus or or University business must be reported within 24hrs or the next business day to EHS (, and also Human Resources for employee incidents.

If you witness an incident, a witness statement must be submitted. 
Go to the Incident Reporting Forms section on the EHS Forms page for pdf fillable forms for employees, students and visitors, and witnesses.  
Forms Page

Environmental Health and Safety Assistant (EHSA) Software

UHCL uses this software to keep track of regulatory obligations, inventories, permits, inspections, etc.  Login is the same as your UHCL user id and password.  There is also a searchable database hub for SDS.

EHSA Login

Fume Hoods and Biosafety Cabinets

Labs may be equipped with chemical fume hood(s) and/or biological safety cabinets.  Here is information on safe work practices, how they work, and a decision matrix for selecting the right one.

Chemical Fume Hoods

Biological Safety Cabinets


  • Environmental, Health and Safety

    Phone: 281-283-2106

    North Office Annex I
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 362
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.